SYLVANIA, Ohio – Sylvania School District announced Friday the start of location-based COVID-19 testing for its staff and students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 in school.
On-site tests will be carried out starting Monday for students and employees who have symptoms of COVID-19. The effort is a partnership between the school district and ProMedica and Paramount.
“We asked if there was a way to make COVID testing more convenient for our schools,” said Lori Johnston, President of Paramount.
The test is free and participation is voluntary. If a parent / legal guardian arrives to pick up a student who is showing symptoms, they will have the option to take a COVID-19 test. If a parent / legal guardian agrees to the test, a consent form must be filled out. Students who are 18 years old can fill out their own consent form.
“We have developed a program to train school nurses in schools for the test,” added Johnston.
School nurses collect a nasopharyngeal (nasal) sample and send it to ProMedica Laboratories for processing. Once the result is available, it will be made available to the tested / guardian free of charge to the patient or school district.
The test results will be communicated to the school nurse within 72 hours of the laboratory receiving the test sample. School nurses will share their results over the phone and provide guidance on what to do next. For people who have a MyChart account with ProMedica, these results are also available online.
Steve Ursell, a parent of four in the district, says this is a good move and will make it easier than looking for an off-site testing site.
“There are parents who are very, very scared of this virus and are very worried about their children who may not have the opportunity to go anywhere else,” he said.
Testing is more common today than it was when the pandemic began. And health officials say it is key to containing the spread and keeping children in schools.
“It’ll give us a pretty good stream of information about how many kids are really getting sick,” Ursell said.
“They know the whole process and know when to get the results back,” said Johnston.
Paramount also plans to roll it out in other districts soon.
What should I do if my test result is positive?
If you have a positive test result, contact your child’s teacher or supervisor immediately. Also, follow these CDC guidelines:
- Stay at home.
- Stay in touch with your doctor.
- Rest and stay hydrated.
- Separate yourself from other healthy members of your household.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people can experience a range of mild to severe symptoms that can appear two to 14 days after exposure. The most common are:
- Fever or chills.
- To cough.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Muscle or body pain.
- A headache.
- New loss of taste or smell.
- Sore throat.
- Congestion or runny nose.
- Nausea or vomiting.
What Should You Do If You Have Symptoms At School?
Contact the school nurse. The nurse will determine if a COVID-19 test is needed. In the meantime, continue to follow CDC precautions and guidelines, including:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Stay 6 feet from others who don’t live with you.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
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